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Tips for the worried librarian relative to Gustav

As seen in the past, hurricanes are big news. We worry about loved ones and the electronic communications bring us ever closer. As noted in the response to Hurricane Katrina, communications were a major issue. Rumors easily spread out of the Superdome and due to those massive communications nets those rumors whipped up pretty drastic hysteria. What can a librarian do in this? The first thing to do is to be patient. While librarianship is sometimes considered a helping profession it must be remembered that a drive on our parts to help must be tempered with caution. The time to start thinking about donations of physical goods is best after landfall rather than before. The best thing that can be donated before landfall is money because that is far more fungible than a roll of toilet paper might be in terms of procuring goods. Money allows for those directly impacted to make decisions about how to respond rather than such being made in a disconnected place. The after-action reports from Katrina showed that while folks outside the impacted area might have been well-meaning sometimes the bulk donation of some types of physical goods was not quite effective. Communications will be presumably impacted by this event. LISTen will not be reporting on Gustav. Rather than get details second-hand from LISTen a pointer is given below instead to an experimental podcast from the National Hurricane Center that may be issued as often as hourly. In this case it is best to get it directly rather than filtered. Care must be taken to ensure that telephone communications are not disrupted by attempting to contact loved ones that might still be in the projected impact area. If you receive a message that circuits are busy, it is best to wait as it may be a while before congestion clears. Many emergency response plans prioritize telephone traffic to support emergency response traffic first so continually trying might only cause you grief rather than relief. Individuals impacted by the storm should have registered with the American Red Cross "Safe and Well" system which is set up to help alleviate circuit congestion issues. Even though it is a holiday weekend in the United States, the hard part is having to wait. Folks abroad also may have worries too. The links below are commended as ways to keep yourself up to date as well as for sharing with others who may have concerns. Useful links: American Red Cross "Safe and Well" Site Tip sheet by the American Red Cross on hurricane evacuation American Red Cross Gustav Newsroom American Radio Relay League's links to resources List of groups from National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster who you could donate funds to that might aid relief efforts Jim Lindgren at The Volokh Conspiracy highlights a report about charities that performed best in responding to the 2005 storms Details about the National Hurricane Center Podcast Gustav Information Center on Ning Podcasts available from The Weather Channel CNN reporting on Hurricane Gustav RSS feed for CNN hourly news audio RSS feed for CNN twice a day news video

Why LISTen does not offer transcripts

The question arises at times as to why LISTen does not have transcripts available. The first thought in my mind is that the team is producing an audio production and not a weekly newsletter. Even at the longer length, LISTen is geared quite a bit towards folks who are making their morning commute to work. With the prevalence of "bedroom communities" in the United States it only appeared logical to consider listeners having commutes longer than five minutes.

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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #34

This week's episode brings the remainder of coverage from New Media Expo 2008. Topics covered included service providers and software.

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LISTen Special Edition -- The Intersection of Librarianship and Politics

Originally the interview found in this special episode was supposed to air in the next regular episode. Being overtaken by events is never fun. As such the interview is being released in a special edition now.

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #33

This week's episode brings a shorter than normal commentary as well as interviews from New Media Expo 2008. Interviews from the exhibit floor at New Media Expo 2008 will be aired this week and next. This week's thread was hardware while next week's is software and service providers.

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LISTen #33 Delayed

The thirty-third episode of LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast is unavoidably delayed due to circumstances beyond our control.

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Why Do You Stick With Twitter?: Talk To LISNews

Last Week we asked "Tell Us: Why did you choose librarianship?"

This week we're assembling audio answers from as many people as possible to a new question: "Why do you stick with Twitter?" Replies are needed by 0700 UTC on Sunday, August 10, 2008. (What is this in my local time?) Stephen will stitch them all together and release a podcast at some point in the next week or so.

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Talk To LISNews: Why Do You Stick With Twitter?

Last Week we asked "Tell Us: Why did you choose librarianship?"

This week I'd like to try and assemble audio answers from as many people as possible to a new question: "Why do you stick with Twitter?" Replies are needed by 0700 UTC on Sunday, August 10, 2008. (What is this in my local time?) Stephen will stitch them all together and release a podcast at some point in the next week or so.

To leave an answer to be included in the podcast, there are a few ways you can go.
If you are in the US, you can call 646-495-9201, enter extension 61340, and leave your answer.

If you are outside the US, or just want to use your computer, you can upload an MP3 file using the upload tool located on the podcast page http://lisnews.org/podcast/.

Be sure to tell us who you are and where you're calling from. You need not provide us with your entire bio, just something simple is fine if you’d like to remain private: "Hi, this is Blake calling from western New York and I stick with Twitter because..."

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